Back in 2007 I discovered this Linux OS called Ubuntu and how everybody was raving about it. So I tried it on my desktop computer and I could not get my wireless usb stick to work so I gave up. Roll on 2 years and I was slightly curious again so I installed a different distro, this time Mandriva. Everything worked perfect and I was instantly converted.

Having had a bad experience with Ubuntu I discovered Linux Mint 7 in August 2009. Having previously used the KDE desktop I was curious to see what Gnome was like. After installing Gloria I knew instantly that I have found the one distro for me. From the looks to the speed, everything was great.

Mint is now on version 9 which has got to be the best version yet. It took me 10 minutes to install and I had most of my programs up and running within an hour. The speed of my laptop when running Mint compared to XP is noticeably different, which allows me to do far more with mint, especially running multiple programs.

Future

What does the future hold for Linux? Well after my experience in 2007 I was glad to try it again and that my computer actually runs better and has a little eye candy. There is a good range of software and with the likes of Ubuntu Tweak and Ailurus, tweaking, adding sources (latest versions of software) and cleaning have been made simple, thus making it very user friendly.

Nautilus File Manager

Now as for gaming and the news that Steam are going to release a version for Linux can only make Linux stronger than ever. I have often dreamed of playing my Football manager game on my Linux box.
I would, however love to get my Belkin USB network hub working so that I can print and access my external hard drive. I am sure Belkin would also gain some popularity aiming there products for all OS’s.

To draw a conclusion If you have had a bad experience with Linux in the past don’t ever let it put you off. I didn’t and I made the switch and that’s why I will never look back. My computer runs Linux perfect and I can still do everything I want with Aptana, Gimp, Evolution and Firefox to name a few. If I bought a new computer tomorrow I would first install Mint.

Were you pleased with making the switch? Did everything go plain sailing? What future do you think that Linux holds? I would love to hear all of your stories